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Toni Storm Turns Heel & Joins Candice LeRae’s WarGames Team

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Toni Storm shocked the NXT Universe this week when she turned heel, attacking Ember Moon as she aligned with Candice LeRae.

Ember Moon competed against Candice in singles action, but after the match, she was attacked by LeRae, Indi Hartwell, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez. This led to Toni Storm heading out to seemingly help Ember, only to attack her as well, sending her crashing into the steel stairs and joining the rest of the heels to beat her down.


Later on in the night, it was revealed that Toni Storm will be joining Candice’s WarGames team at the upcoming PPV, continuing her heel turn.

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Layla Closes The Door On A Potential WWE Return

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It appears that Layla has no interest in making any return appearances for WWE in the future, as she is happy with her career.

Layla recently spoke with DS Shin of Ring the Belle, where she reflected on her career, while admitting that she didn’t want to age too much on television, which led to her decision to retire back in 2015/


“I think I had a great career. I was very, very privileged. I explored everything I could explore at WWE. Like, what else more could I have possibly done, you know? I got to be around great people and I got to travel the world. I was able to get a great fan base behind me and I will always be grateful. They supported me from day one, since the Diva Search, always be grateful for that, thank you, guys. It was just time. I didn’t want to age too much on TV. The older we get we’re more prone to injuries, more prone to, who knows, it was just time to end that chapter of my life.”

When asked about a potential return to wrestling, Layla shot down the idea, admitting that she’s happy with that door being closed now.

“I just feel that I had a very fruitful, long career and I attained everything I possibly could have attained in WWE. I was given every opportunity. That door’s closed and I’m okay with that. I feel just happy that I was able to have that. I look at my past, and I’m like, wow, I did all that stuff, and that’s just how I’d like to keep it.”

Layla had a fantastic career with WWE, spanning a decade where she won both the Divas Championship and the Women’s Championship, while also being part of the tag team, LayCool, alongside Michelle McCool.

H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions.

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WWE Superstar Spectacle Results: WWE Celebrates Republic Day With First Ever India Special

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Welcome to ProWrestling.com’s live coverage of WWE Superstar Spectacle. The show was taped last Friday and airs this morning on the WWE Network at 9:30 AM ET. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will be in action and Jinder Mahal returns from injury in this special and unique celebration of India’s Republic Day. 

WWE Superstar Spectacle Results
January 26, 2021


The show opens with a video package narrated by Triple H talking about the rich culture and spirit of competition in India, with highlights of all the trips WWE has made there over the years. They also introduce all the new Indian talent current training at the WWE Performance Center, many of whom will be in action today!

Finn Balor vs. Guru Raaj

Michael Cole tells us that Guru has been training at the P.C. for about a year with trainer Robbie Brookside. The two lock up in the center of the ring and Guru makes the mistake of trying to wrestle the NXT Champion to the mat, getting trapped in a wrist lock. Guru does the splits to escape the hold and rolls into a pinning combination. Impressive.

Balor hits the ropes. Guru drops down, leapfrogs and catches him with a dropkick before slapping on a side headlock. The champion escapes and delivers a dropkick of his own to create a little space.

After a quick break, Guru comes back with knife-edge chops and a running senton. He kips up into a seated dropkick for two. Balor takes him to the corner and launches into a flurry of kicks. Slingblade connects. He lines up for the shotgun dropkick, but Guru catches him with a surprise enzuigiri and a roll-up for a very close nearfall.

Guru shows a ton of heart and connects with a series of kicks to the side of the body and head. He heads to the top rope and finds a diving crossbody, taking down the champion for another two-count.

Finn is done messing around. He hits another Slingblade, and this time connects with the shotgun dropkick afterwards. Finn to the top rope — Coup de Grace! Balor picks up his opponent and shows him a bit of respect before delivering 1916 to win.

Winner: Finn Balor

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8-Man Tag Team Match
Dilsher Shanky & Giant Zanjeer & Rey Mysterio & Ricochet vs. Dolph Ziggler & King Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro

Shanky and Zanjeer are both 7-foot-plus teaming with two of the smallest guys on the WWE roster. It’s quite an amazing visual if nothing else. Michael Cole tells us a bit about both, and says that one of WWE’s major goals is to start a developmental center in India to continue scouting and training these stars.

Ziggler gets way too cocky and gets DESTROYED by a giant splash from Zanjeer in the corner. Nakamura rushes in and gets splashed as well. In comes Corbin who is tossed into the same corner, and Zanjeer splashes them all at the same time. Cesaro thinks better of it and rolls outside as we take a short break.

We come back to Mysterio being worked over by the heels. He nearly gets the hot tag, but all four rush in and clear the apron, attacking the Indian stars. Ricochet does eventually get the tag and goes to work on Ziggler with quick dropkicks and nasty knee strikes. He rolls through a Northern Lights suplex into a Brainbuster, into a standing shooting star for two.

Ziggler catches Ricochet with a ZigZag that looks like it knocked him silly. Giant Zanjeer tags back in and hits all four opponents with shoulder tackles before slamming Cesaro. Shanky tags in for a big elbow drop. He’s triple-teamed, but manages to take them all out with headbutts.

Ricochet asks Zanjeer to lift him up and he does, without exerting any effort whatsoever. Total monster. He tosses Ricochet over the ropes to take out everyone. Mysterio sends Cesaro into the ropes and connects with the 619. He climbs on top of Shanky’s shoulders and hits a big splash from the heavens! 1… 2… 3.

Winners: Dilsher Shanky & Giant Zanjeer & Rey Mysterio & Ricochet

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Universal Champion Roman Reigns appears in his locker room with Paul Heyman. Reigns claims it’s his responsibility to put food on his table and that responsibility doesn’t just extend to the Smackdown roster. He makes it clear that anyone who steps into the ring from anywhere in the world has to go through him. Heyman wishes us a happy Republic Day!

AJ Styles vs. Jeet Rama

Great video package before the match putting over Jeet Rama as a former national champion and a tremendous pure wrestler. Styles doesn’t wait to find out and charges him into the corner immediately, driving his shoulder into the midsection over and over again.

Jeet fires back and carries Styles clear across the ring into the opposite corner, firing off with shoulders of his own. He takes things to the mat and slaps on a hammerlock, taking his time trying to pick apart the Phenomenal one. Styles shakes him free and sends him through the ropes the floor, following with a forearm from the apron.

After a short break, Rama launches into a series of forearm shots and strikes. He hits a back suplex, followed by an overhead suplex. Styles swings wildly but Rama ducks and catches him with a release German suplex. Two-count. Rama puts him on the top rope, but Styles slips free and goes after the knee to take control.

Styles gets him up on his shoulders — Ushigoroshi! Cole can’t believe Rama still kicked out. The Calf Crusher is applied and Rama tries desperately to pull himself to the ropes. Styles reapplies the hold in the center of the ring, but Rama rotates his body around and simply bashes his opponent’s head into the mat over and over until Styles breaks the hold.

Styles goes after the knee, but he’s caught with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rama puts him on the top rope and tries for an Avalanche suplex, but the big man Omos reaches up from outside to save Styles. Phenomenal Forearm connects for the 1… 2… 3.

Winner: AJ Styles

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Bayley & Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair & Sareena Sandhu 

Flair locks up with Natalya for a bit of back and forth grappling. Nattie catches her with a big boot and kick to the side of the back of the head as we go to break. Sareena tags in and catches Natalya with forearms and a spinning neckbreaker. Armdrag. Armdrag. Bayley takes a cheap shot from the apron and Nattie follows with an elbow, knocking Serena to the floor.

The heels keep Sareena isolated and work her over for a few minutes. Natalya slaps on a Sharpshooter but Sareena is able to reverse into a heel hook of her own! Bayley breaks it up and knocks Charlotte off the apron for good measure.

Eventually Charlotte gets sick of waiting and runs around the ring, dropping Bayley with a big boot on the floor. Back in the ring Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter for real this time, but Flair slides in and catches her with Natural Selection mid-submission. Sareena gets the pin!

Winners: Charlotte Flair & Sareena Sandhu

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“Nature Boy” Ric Flair makes his way out to the ring. He says that no one entertains fans all around the world like WWE and is so excited to see so many faces from India in the ThunderDome. He wishes everyone a very happy Republic Day and lets out a “Wooo!” before being interrupted by Jinder Mahal and the Bollywood Boyz.

Jinder Mahal & The Bollywood Boyz vs. Drew McIntyre & Indus Sher

Nobody on the heel side wants to tag in to fight the three behemoths. The Bollywood Boyz eventually try to double-team the WWE Champion and get tossed around by all three like small children. I’m not sure why you would toss around small children, but whatever. Indus Sher nearly takes one of their heads off with an assisted kicking combination.

Back from break, and Jinder Mahal has managed to capture Rinku Singh in a hammerlock as the Bollywood Boyz work him over with quick tags, swarming like bees. After several minutes of this, Rinku makes the hot tag to Drew McIntyre who clears the ring and sends Mahal flying with a series of overhead belly-to-belly suplexes.

McIntyre stalks his opponent and hits a jumping neckbreaker for a two-count. He kips up and lines up for the Claymore Kick, but Mahal surprises him with a running knee to block it. The Bollywood Boyz swarm again but Saurav makes the save and tosses them around with back suplexes. Big elbow drop. CLAYMORE KICK out of nowhere levels Mahal. Indus Sher hits a big double team elbow drop/backbreaker move to win.

Winners: Jinder Mahal & The Bollywood Boyz

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Triple H On A Possible Brock Lesnar Return: “Time Will Tell”

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Brock Lesnar hasn’t been seen since WWE WrestleMania 36 and Triple H recently discussed if fans can expect him to return in the future.

The Beast is currently out of contract with WWE, as his most recent deal came to an end in August 2020, which means he is technically a free agent right now.


When speaking to the Hindustan Times, Triple H discussed whether or not the Beast will be making a return soon, of possibly appearing at WWE WrestleMania 37.

“One of the things I have learnt about him is Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do. Nobody can talk him into doing things differently. So time will tell. If wants to show up at WrestleMania he will, if he doesn’t he won’t. The only way to get that answer is to call Brock Lesnar,” said Triple H.

Triple H also spoke about whether John Cena will appear at WWE WrestleMania recently as well. You can read his comments by clicking HERE.

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